It’s a familiar refrain in today’s greener, budget-conscious offices – Save Paper, Save Trees, Save Money. Perhaps the best way to achieve all three goals at the same time is to print on both sides of the page. That said, there’s a limit to how far employees are willing to go to go green. For example, when I use my Canon S750, I have to print out the odd numbered pages first, collect them, flip them over, put them back in the input tray, and print the even numbered pages on the other side. In other words, the extra steps involved can give you a disincentive to print on both sides, and sometimes you forget altogether.

So what’s the solution? More and more printers and multifunction machines feature standard auto-duplexing, or automatic double-sided printing. All you do is adjust the settings from the beginning, and your in-office document processor rolls out double-sided pages on its own. If saving paper with minimal hassle is important to you, check the spec sheet to make sure the printer offers “auto-duplexing,” and not “manual duplexing.” The latter term means you’ll be printing odd and even pages separately like I do with my printer. If you see the word “duplex” or “double-sided printing” without “auto” or “standard” as a modifier, you may want to call the company’s customer service hotline and get the real scoop. I’ve seen printers that advertise double-sided printing when it’s really just an optional feature, or it’s manual. Not technically a lie, but it can be a little misleading.

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